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About Amada PHL
Amada is an Andalusian tapas bar and restaurant where Chef Jose Garces embraces the rich traditions of Spanish gastronomy while incorporating avant-garde cooking techniques in a gorgeous rustic-chic setting
Specialties of the House
Spanish Octopus, Garlic Shrimp,Tortilla Española, Lobster Paella, Whole Roasted Suckling Pig (must be ordered 72 hours in advance, excluding Sundays), Seasonal Sangrías
Private Parties: Amada welcomes groups of all sizes. Festive settings, service and menus are perfect for intimate dinners with friends, special occasions and holidays, corporate meetings and staff parties. Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms seven days a week. For parties of 12 or more, please call our private events team at 267-284-7979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 2:30pm
Between 2nd & 3rd
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
If you book a private event at Amada, our event coordinators can provide you with unique entertainment options for your party.
Bring your favorite Amada dishes to your next event. Garces Catering brings the joy of sharing special occasions with our restaurant guests to any celebration, anywhere. Please call, 215-670-2381 for more information or email email@example.com
Valet parking available Monday through Sunday in front of the restaurant for $21. Public parking lots located on 2nd Street between Market, Chestnut & Walnut.
Septa 21, 42
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Commemorate your special event with a private dining room and dedicated staff at one of Philadelphia’s most recognized and renowned restaurants. Create your own personalized menu of authentic, Andalusian-style tapas paired with Spanish wine or sangria. Chef Garces’ signature Suckling Pig, carved tableside, is available for parties of 7–10 guests.
Private Dining Room
Capacity: 24 seated
Semi-private Matador Lounge
Capacity: 40 (seated dinner or cocktail reception)
Includes private bar
Private Dining Room & Matador Lounge
Capacity: 60 (seated dinner or cocktail reception)
Includes a private bar
For parties of 12 or more, please call our private events team to schedule your reservation at 267-284-7979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Enjoy Chef Garces’ famed Andalusian tapas in a sultry, rustic-chic setting. Choose from a private dining room, a semi-secluded lounge, group tables in the main dining room, or a combination.
Amada PHL Ratings and Reviews
It was the last place I went on a date with a girl I fear will never be convinced of my love for her again. It was the last place I sat with her across from me to gaze into while all was calm. The ambiance enhanced all the closeness we truly shared and the eating style allowed us to intertwine utensils. I want to go back just to dream of finding her there.
My wife and I visited Amada for restaurant week. There was a wonderful selection for the fixed price dinner and the food was delicious and sufficient. We arrived early and sat at the bar. The bartender turned me on to a cocktail that had been unfamiliar with. Overall, a great experience.
Went during Restaurant Week so maybe that was the issue but the portions were tiny. The food itself was pretty good, but we left hungry. I believe they probably scaled back on the portion size due to it being Restaurant Week. Maybe we will have to try again when we can order from the regular menu and can therefore control how much food we get.
Let's start with the food - it was amazing! I booked our reservation two months early to be able to give it as an Xmas present to my wife. As such, I didn't realize I made the reservation during Philly Restaurant Week during which there was a special prix fixe menu. Nevertheless - the menu was delicious. The patatas bravas were incredible as was our dessert. The Broken Hugs cocktails were perfect, as was the sangria.
Our server was so attentive and gave us continual updates on our food, was very good at answering questions and was generally very helpful. He made the entire experience worthwhile.
Now the bad part. We made reservations for 7pm. When we got there (a few minutes early), we were told our table would be ready in "5 minutes". But we didn't get seated until 7:45pm. This same situation occurred to many others who had reservations. We stood near the hostess desk and heard them tell folks with 7:30pm reservations that it would be 5 minutes which we KNEW wasn't true since WE had been waiting 30 minutes at that point.
What bothered me wasn't the wait... it was the dishonesty. We had plans for after dinner, and I'm sure others did as well. Honesty about how long the wait would be would allow people to decide if they were able to wait or not.
And even worse... when someone told the hostesses that they'd be leaving because the wait had been too long, the hostesses spent the next 15 minutes or so bashing the person amongst themselves (although I heard them just fine). At one point, they said to each other: "He was about to get a seat in 5 minutes". How? If I hadn't been seated yet 30 minutes in, tell me how he was going to magically get seated in 5 minutes?
So the hostesses attitudes' needed some serious help. And they need to learn to speak to their customers honestly rather than trying to keep them in the restaurant by saying "5 minutes" when that time would be much longer.
Everyone always raves about Amada. I wasn't impressed. We were 15 minutes late for our reservation due to an Uber problem and we couldn't be seated. So, we found a spot at the bar. It was Restaurant Week so there was a 3 course menu. The server was very short answering our questions about the menu. There was no description of the tapas on the menu. Everything seemed to be potato based when it was served. But, how were we to know? The menu read "Spanish Tortilla"...more like a glob of undercooked mashed potatoes. The ambience is quaint and the sangria is awesome once you get over the underwhelming food and rude wait staff.
So Delicious. We got the Chef's tasting menu for $65 each. Everything was delicious and unexpected and fun. It was too much food and my suggestion (if anyone cares) would be to have another tasting menu with maybe 9 courses instead of 12 for approx. $55 each. I think I would enjoy that more because it was just too much food and it just kept coming. I definitely would appreciate and enjoy it more if there were less!
Overall the visit was amazing. The cocktails were fantastic and the food was delicious. The tapas were a little smaller than expected, for 3 people we had the meat and cheese mixed boards, 4 different tapas and the lobster paella. The only thing I didn't like was how salty the paella was with the black squid ink, but other than that we would highly recommend Amada.
Amada is an exceptionally consistent dining experience. I love the selection of tapas; whether you like fish and seafood, meat, vegetables, or cheeses, Amada has something for everyone. It is wonderful to share a variety of items with friends and family, so you can get a taste of many different foods. The ambience is nice and service very pleasant. We truly enjoyed the desserts too!
Amada is a very fun place with well prepared, authentic tapas with interesting tastes. Usually its pretty noisy but it was an icy night - making it all the more enjoyable. My only criticism is that the wine list is extremely overpriced. Once you get higher than 3x retail for a bottle its price gouging. For an informal place it's really not right and takes away from the fun if you want to have a glass or two or a bottle. All said, I would go back and order beer instead! Enjoy it.
Although all of the tapas offerings looked delicious, we opted to get the traditional paella, which we are unable to get where we live. It was delicious, though the additional piece of grilled chicken breast was a bit dry. The rice was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Service was attentive and professional. Good location. Comfortable atmosphere.
Excellent authentic food ( I am from Spain😉). Small portion- smaller than tapas in Spain, but very nice cooked and visually attractive.
30 minutes waiting since the party in our reserved table did not want to leave( New years lunch), the staff accommodated us as best as they could and offer the 2 bears we had while waiting.
The “mechanics” of the tapas and how they would be served was not explained: ordering and arrival of food to the table was odd, veggies last, etc. Server did not bring out food, food runner was not trained to explained dishes- drinks were not consistent- over priced- table was not ready when we arrived although we made reservations
It’s a shame, this was probably our 10th visit to Amada, as its one of our favorite restaurants in the city. Food was great as always. Unfortunately, from the time we sat down until the time we left, we seemed like a bother to our waiter. We would see him every 15 or 20 minuets, and each time was with an attitude. When we spoke to a manager as we were paying, he didn’t seem to care either.
We will certainly go back, hopefully it will be a better experience.
Really fun tapas dinner. Garlic shrimp and bacon wrapped dates were hits, along with Manchester cheese with truffle lavender honey. Our waitress was knowledgeable and informative, and helped us navigate menu. Tons of great options to choose from; generous portions and one of our better value dinners. Atmosphere was lively and cool, but not loud. Fun evening.
Our server was excellent. Very attentive and informative. As we had never eaten here before he was very helpful in steering us toward trying different items that we might not otherwise have tried, and everything was great. All of the staff is very friendly. The only negative was how cold our seats were. It was a very cold night outside and we were one of the early diners, so maybe the room had not had a chance to warm up yet.
Dined during their Christmas Eve Pig Roast. We looked forward to dinner here as we were coming in from out of town for the holidays. Service was quick and attentive. Drinks were great. We knew what they would be serving ahead of time. Overall food was good, but not something we would order again. No paella this time. A little disappointed, but we did not go hungry.
Also, seating in the front dining room is more open and has more energy. We were seated in the back dining room which is quieter and more subdued.
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